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Census 2021

Census Day takes place in March 2021. The Government needs your help filling it in

The census is coming, and it’s about you. By taking part, you will help inform decisions about the services you and your community need, like doctors’ surgeries and new schools.

Why take part?

Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand our community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

Whether it’s using census data to plan apprenticeship schemes, new bike lanes or nursery spaces, your information makes a difference to the life of every single person in England and Wales.

Because these things matter to all of us, everyone must complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Any information you share in the census is protected by law and the census only ever publishes anonymous information.

How to take part

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. But you can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know. Students can take part in the following ways:

  • Students living at their university address will receive a letter containing an access code made up of numbers and letters to complete the census online
  • Students not living at their university address who cannot access their code need to request a new code online. This code will be sent via SMS.
  • Students currently living at home will need to be included on their household census questionnaire as well as completing one for their university address.

For more information on how to complete the census based on where you live, visit 

Read the FAQs on the Government website.